Another fantastic weekend of action in English football saw two FA Cup semi-final derbies and six all-important Premier League clashes.
In the league, Manchester United maintained their position at the top with a 4-0 win over Aston Villa, responding well to Manchester City’s 6-1 win at Norwich City. Wigan stunned Arsenal to move clear of the drop zone, whilst there were also wins for Swansea and West Brom.
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Ali Al Habsi – Wigan Athletic
The Oman international continues to build on his reputation as the Latics stunned the Gunners with a 2-1 win at the Emirates Stadium.
After scoring twice in the first ten minutes, the pressure began to mount on the stopper, but he made a couple of fine stops in the first half and was commanding in the second period when called upon.
Martin Skrtel – Liverpool
The Slovakian centre back stood out at Wembley as the best defender when others appeared to lose their heads on the big semi-final stage.
With the chips down and the Reds on the ropes, Skrtel held his side together with some fine interceptions and tackles. More importantly, his communication helped build a foundation to advance in the second period.
Gary Caldwell – Wigan Athletic
Another gigantic defensive display from the centre back, who has been instrumental for his side in wins against Liverpool, Manchester United and now the Gunners.
Caldwell was instrumental in his sides back three limiting Arsene Wenger’s side to tough chances, and also distributed well to his midfield as Wigan provided a legitimate attacking threat.
John Terry – Chelsea
The England international has always been one for the big occasion, and showed his skills at Wembley once again as the Blues cruised past Spurs.
A constant aerial threat at set-pieces for Roberto Di Matteo’s side, Terry was the stand-out defender in the tie. His goal-line clearance at 0-0 was pivotal in the early stages of the match.
Graham Dorrans – West Bromwich Albion
The Scottish international is no longer a guaranteed starter at the Hawthorns, but showed his attacking prowess with a fine long-range strike to help sink QPR on Saturday.
Dorrans was on top form throughout and a constant thorn in the side of Mark Hughes’ Hoops, cutting-in from the left flank to cause damage with either a telling pass or shot.
Gylfi Sigurdsson – Swansea City
The Icelandic international has been an absolute revelation since arriving at the Liberty Stadium on loan in January, and notched another goal in the 3-0 win over Blackburn.
It’s not just his goalscoring ability that’s making the difference for Brendan Rodgers’ men though, with Sigurdsson now pulling the strings from midfield as the Swans cruise to safety.
Frank Lampard – Chelsea
Another classic display from Lampard, who scored his side’s fourth with a wonderful free-kick in the emphatic Wembley win for Chelsea.
The performance was reminiscent of the England international in his prime, with the 33-year-old picking key passes, dictating play and also getting his foot in when needed.
Victor Moses – Wigan Athletic
Another excellent performance from the Nigerian international, whose reputation continues to grow in the Premier League.
Moses was a constant threat for the Latics in north London, playing a part in both goals and looking the most likely to cause more pain to the Arsenal defence.
Wayne Rooney – Manchester United
Rooney added another brace to his personal tally against the Villains, netting once from the penalty spot and again from open play in the second period.
It’s not just goals that make the England striker so special though, with the 26-year-old willingly running the channels for his side and getting involved in build-up play at every possible occasion.
Carlos Tevez – Manchester City
A tough decision to choose Tevez over Argentine teammate Sergio Aguero, but the former club captain appears back to his best after hitting a hat-trick against the Canaries.
His back-heel for Aguero’s first goal was sublime, and the effort and work-rate shown by City’s No.32 suggests he is ready to give his all for Roberto Mancini once again.
Didier Drogba – Chelsea
The Ivorian striker rolled back the years on Sunday, delivering his very best at Wembley once again as the Tottenham defenders were given a lesson by the veteran.
Drogba’s first goal was stunning, rolling William Gallas to fire past Carlo Cudicini and into the top corner. He ran both Gallas and Ledley King ragged, and created the spaces for his midfield colleagues to make the big difference when moving forward.
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